MSc Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology

The master’s programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology aims to provide deep understanding of how to design and operate state-of-the-art life science based processes, with respect to product quality, sustainability and finance. The goal is to acquire competencies and skills to use cells and cell components such as enzymes to produce commodities such as food, biofuel and biomaterials, for the development of a sustainable society.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2020

16 October 2019: Application opens
15 January 2020: Application deadline
3 February 2020: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
3 April 2020: Notification of selection results
August 2020: Arrival and start of studies

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Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology at KTH

The two-year programme comprises advanced courses regarding biotechnological tools used for the development of industrial processes, sustainable production of commodities and the impact of such processes on the environment and the society. The education provided is comprehensive and prepares students for future carriers in Sweden or internationally in a private and public sector.

Three tracks are offered within the program syllabus: cell-based process biotechnology, enzyme biotechnology and environmental biotechnology. The tracks are designed to provide a holistic perspective on the particular biotechnology field. Students have the opportunity to tailor their education by choosing one track and complement with courses from other tracks, or the master’s programme in Medical Biotechnology. It is also possible to cherry pick courses from any track to create one’s own unique professional profile.

Courses comprise both theoretical knowledge and practical application from experimental design, to production, analysis of the output, and performing life cycle analyses of the produced entity. The curriculum provides a cross-platform approach to enable students to acquire a unique and individualised expertise that appeal to a wide span of employers. Students train problem-solving skills, project management as well as professional communication. During the last term of the programme students work with a master degree project in a research setting at KTH, in industry or in a university or research institute anywhere in the world to acquire specialisation within relevant topic.

The programme curriculum is designed, taught and continuously updated by a team of internationally recognised researchers within the different subject areas, in collaboration with representatives from the private sector. The programme is given by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health in Stockholm with access to facilities, infrastructure and instrument park available at KTH Campus in Stockholm (AlbaNova University Center) and at Solna Campus. (Science for Life Laboratory).

Courses in the programme


Graduates of the programme will acquire the skills necessary for a professional career in the biotechnology industry, as well as those for further academic studies. These areas are expanding worldwide, offering anyone with a master’s degree in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology vast career opportunities within manufacturing of bioproducts or biotechnological equipment, research and development, biotechnological services, including those found in patent and consultant agencies, research policy, journalism and finances.

After graduation

Research Scientists, Field Application Specialist, QC Scientists, Project Manager, Science Communicator, Laboratory Manager, Operation Developer, Sales Representative, Patent Analyst, Research Associate.

Meet the graduates


Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

"KTH is a great choice and you won’t regret it! It’s so easy to be an international student at KTH because there are so many of us! Swedish people are all very good in English as well, so it won’t be a problem to get into the Swedish way of life."

Alma Kvammen, Norway

Meet the students

Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The Biotechnology sector is considered to be one of the main players in the development of a sustainable society and able to tackle current and future societal challenges. The master’s programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology prepares students for carriers focusing on development of more effective and environmentally friendly production of commodities. The three key sustainable development goals that are best align with the master's programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology are:

6. Clean Water and Sanitation
7. Affordable and Clean Energy
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

The programme provides knowledge and understanding about how biological processes and cellular components are used to create new technologies, industrial processes and biotechnological products. Knowledge is acquired on how microorganisms are orchestrated to remove contaminants from water and soil or to produce biomolecules that can serve as raw materials. Microorganisms are used to design and create effective and sustainable production of products from food ingredients to detergents, paper and textiles. Sustainability is a key aspect that features in all areas of biotechnology and that continuously combines science and technology to improve, simplify or streamline industrial manufacturing of products or services.

Webinar on sustainable development

Watch a recording of the webinar offered by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health in November 2019. The webinar focused on the schools' master’s programmes and how they relate to sustainable development.

Faculty and research

The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health conducts research in both fundamental and applied sciences reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of biotechnology. The research activities are focused on protein technology and engineering, therapeutics, industrial process biotechnology, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, glycoscience, plant biotechnology as well as bioenergy production. Researchers have vast collaborations with leading international research groups as well as companies within the biotechnology private sector, and are internationally well recognised.

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